31 days in Africa Itinerary

31 days in Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Africa trip planner

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Cape Town, South Africa
— 8 nights
Fly
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 4 nights
Drive
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Livingstone, Zambia
— 4 nights
Bus to Kazungula, Fly to Ngamiland East
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Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 4 nights
Drive
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Etosha National Park, Namibia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Damaraland, Namibia
— 1 night
Drive
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Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Swakopmund, Namibia
— 3 nights
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Cape Town, South Africa

— 8 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Stony Point Penguin Colony and Platteklip Gorge. Venture out of the city with trips to Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens (in Betty's Bay), Bee and Kie (in Kleinmond) and Franschhoek (Eikehof, Franschhoek Motor Museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Cape Point, look for all kinds of wild species at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twelve Apostles.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip itinerary website.

Denver, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Denver to Cape Town due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Denver in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cape Town: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can fly to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 1 — 9:

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

— 4 nights
Victoria Falls, a Zimbabwean town near the eponymous waterfall, serves as one of two prime gateway points to the majestic cascade and its surrounding national park.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at River Rafting & Tubing and Safaris. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, wander the wide-open spaces of Crocodile Park Victoria Falls, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Victoria Falls road trip site.

Getting from Cape Town to Victoria Falls by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cape Town in September, plan for warmer days in Victoria Falls, with highs around 90°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Livingstone.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 13:

Livingstone, Zambia

— 4 nights
Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Victoria Falls and Railway Museum. And it doesn't end there: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, stroll through Livingstone Crocodile Park, explore and take pictures at Mukuni Village, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Livingstone holiday planning site.

Livingstone is very close to Victoria Falls. Traveling from Victoria Falls in September, you will find days in Livingstone are little chillier (81°F), and nights are about the same (63°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Livingstone

Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 17:

Ngamiland East, Botswana

— 4 nights
Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
Step off the beaten path and head to NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust and Moremi Wildlife Reserve. Spend the 20th (Mon) exploring at Okavango River.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Ngamiland East tour app.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Livingstone to Ngamiland East in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. Traveling from Livingstone in September, expect nights in Ngamiland East to be about the same, around 62°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 92°F. On the 21st (Tue), you'll travel to Etosha National Park.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 17 — 21:

Etosha National Park, Namibia

— 2 nights
For nature lovers, a trip to Etosha National Park seems like a dream: the vast salt desert houses hundreds of animal species, which roam the arid lands and gather near the many waterholes.
On the 22nd (Wed), stroll through Etosha and then don't miss a visit to Okaukuejo waterhole.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Etosha National Park journey planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ngamiland East to Etosha National Park. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ngamiland East to Etosha National Park. You will leave for Damaraland on the 23rd (Thu).

Things to do in Etosha National Park

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:

Damaraland, Namibia

— 1 night
On the 24th (Fri), pause for some photo ops at Twyfelfontein.

To plan Damaraland vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Etosha National Park to Damaraland. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Namib-Naukluft Park.

Things to do in Damaraland

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 24:
Highlights from your trip

Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia

— 2 nights
One of the world's largest nature and game reserves, the vast Namib-Naukluft Park boasts sweeping desert and mountain landscapes, a diverse range of animal life, and the surreal Sossusvlei, a scenic saltpan sprinkled with towering red sand dunes and petrified acacia trees.
On the 25th (Sat), explore the fascinating landscape at Big Daddy Dune. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Elim Dunes and then explore the stunning scenery at Sesriem Canyon.

Find out how to plan Namib-Naukluft Park trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from Damaraland to Namib-Naukluft Park in 4 hours. In September in Namib-Naukluft Park, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Swakopmund.

Things to do in Namib-Naukluft Park

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 26:

Swakopmund, Namibia

— 3 nights
Nestled on Namibia's Atlantic coast and surrounded by the sand dunes of the vast Namib Desert, the resort town of Swakopmund enchants visitors with its distinct German colonial architecture and pleasant climate.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Off-Road Tours. When in Swakopmund, make a side trip to see Walvis Bay Waterfront in Walvis Bay, approximately Walvis Bay away. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, make a trip to Hohenzollernhaus, browse for treasures at Peter's Antiques, since 1983, and stroll through Dune 7.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Swakopmund online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Namib-Naukluft Park to Swakopmund takes 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 26 — 29:

Zimbabwe travel guide

4.3
Waterfalls · Zipline · Bridges
Tourism in Zimbabwe experienced a boost after the country's turbulent recent history seemed to settle down. Waterfalls, "Big Five" national parks, and the Eastern Highlands provide contrasting but complementary images of southern Africa, with the growing tourism infrastructure helping visitors see the best of what the country offers. Though corruption and unemployment remain everyday problems, the vast majority of Zimbabweans are a welcoming bunch, proud of the natural riches and culture of their hopeful country.

Zambia travel guide

3.9
Geologic Formations · Waterfalls · Nature & Parks
Air Conditioned State
Landlocked Zambia remains best known, a little counter intuitively perhaps, for its bodies of water. Three large rivers run through the country, with most of the big urban areas and smaller settlements sticking close to waterways and the valleys they've cut over millennia. Holidays in Zambia are adventurous affairs, with real planning required to get the most out of the country--foreign visitors find the infrastructure lacking and familiar comforts practically nonexistent. Traditional villages remain the most culturally rewarding places to visit in Zambia, while superlative natural features include animal-rich national parks and picturesque waterfalls.

Botswana travel guide

3.7
Nature & Parks · Safaris · Nature & Wildlife Tours
Sparsely populated Botswana possesses some of the most unadulterated wilderness and animal-rich areas in Africa. Largely unfenced national parks allow the world's largest population of elephants to roam freely--these protected areas also shelter varied birdlife and many endangered and rare mammal species. Tourism in Botswana largely caters to visitors seeking luxury lodges and exclusive safari experiences, but expeditions into traditional villages are also strongly recommended. The preserved cultures of these agricultural settlements show a link between man and nature formed over centuries, a relationship that many visitors to Botswana come to reconsider in their own lives.

Namibia travel guide

4.2
Nature & Parks · Deserts · Landmarks
Land of the Brave
Since gaining independence from South Africa in 1990, Namibia has sought to rival its neighbor in terms of tourist appeal. While it hasn't yet gotten up to the numbers of South Africa, Namibia tourism sector has plenty to work with. The desert and mountainous areas represent a real source of appeal, with species of classic African game animals, such as desert lions, zebras, and elephants real highlights of safaris through the national parks. Namibians are rightly proud of their country, and the myriad traditional villages, colonial German towns, and lively urban centers all deserve your attention.